Tag: Contemporary Romance

Feature Friday: Dating You Hating You

Feature Friday: Dating You Hating You

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. This week, my selection is… Expected Publication: June 6th, 2017 by Gallery Books Summary per Goodreads… All’s fair in love and work. The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love. Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization […]

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Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal

It’s cover reveal time! I love covers. If they’re done right, they can tell a story all on their own. Working on them with cover designers is one of my favorite things to do in the publishing process. I have a really pretty one to share today.  It’s for Keren Hughes’s newest release. Take a look… Publisher: Limitless Expected release: May 30, 2017 Summary: The heart wants what it wants right? But what if it wants something it can never have? I’m in love, and it should feel amazing…except, it doesn’t. The problem is, the guy I’m in love with […]

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Love Me Crazy

Love Me Crazy

Love Me Crazy is the first book I’ve read by Camden Leigh and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a short, sexy read, full of angst and southern charm.   First line: “Five years ago, if you’d asked me what I’d be doing today, sitting in a red piece-of-crap car surrounded by the dead, heavy heat of summer on the driveway of a stereotypical plantation—yes, think pristine white siding, wide porches, and an avenue of geriatric trees during an afternoon thunderstorm—would be my last guess.” ~Cassidy   Cassidy and Quinn—the two main characters—are likable and relatable. They are both strong, […]

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Feature Friday: Cheater’s Regret

Feature Friday: Cheater’s Regret

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. This week, my selection is… Expected publication: May 23rd, 2017 by Skyscape Summary per Goodreads… New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken returns with a smoking-hot story about the satisfaction of plotting revenge on your ex—until he turns your world upside down again. Austin Rogers’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her—as if the whole thing was her […]

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Worthy

Worthy

Worthy by Donna Cooner has so many layers that it’s hard for me to gather my thoughts to write a cohesive review. I picked up Worthy on a whim. The jacket cover sounded fun and different and I thought I’d give it a try. I’m not exactly sure what I expected, but I know I didn’t expect what I got, which was an awesome story with an even better message. Everyone at Linden’s high school is obsessed with Worthy. It’s this new app that posts pictures of couples, and asks: Is the girl worthy of the guy? First, it’s a […]

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The Matchmaker’s Replacement

The Matchmaker’s Replacement

Wow, this is like the third Van Dyken book I’ve reviewed in the last month. She’s going to think I’m a creepy stalker. I’m really not (Promise). I’m just catching up on all the reviews that need to be written that are piling up next to the stack of books in my TBR list that need to be read. Okay, so confession time. As much as I love Rachel Van Dyken’s work, and as much as I loved the first book in the Wingmen Inc series, I wasn’t hyped for this book. Why? Lex. As soon as I learned there […]

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The Matchmaker’s Playbook

The Matchmaker’s Playbook

I know I’m going to sound like a broken record, but you just can’t go wrong with a Rachel Van Dyken book. Seriously. I don’t even bother reading the blurbs. I just grab the book and dive in. And I haven’t read one I didn’t like. The Matchmaker’s Playbook… what to say. First, I really liked that the story was told from the male POV. I haven’t braved writing too much from the male perspective, so I like reading anything from the male POV. And Ian Hunter’s mind is a virtual playground. He’s smug, cocky, confident, funny, and sexy as […]

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Feature Friday: Alex, Approximately

Feature Friday: Alex, Approximately

  Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to.   This week, my selection is…   Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Simon Pulse   Summary per Goodreads…   In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.   Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in […]

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Play

Play

Play by Piper Lawson was sweet, sexy, and a little bit geeky. I’ve read a few books lately with game developers as the main character. I like that type of story line. I find it interesting. Maybe because it’s so foreign to me.   Max is obsessed with his business and the games he develops, almost to a fault. His head is stuck so far into code, he sometimes misses what is happening in life around him. Until Payton. She unhinges him—in the best possible way.   “…You’re my escape, Payton. You’re the good place I get to go when […]

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Forbidden Dance

Forbidden Dance

There are very few authors whose books I’ll read without looking at the synopsis first. Very seldom will I pick up a book based on the author’s name alone. Deanna Roy is the exception. I’ve read multiple books written by her (and her alter egos Annie Winters and JJ Knight). If I see a book authored by her… Done. Don’t need the synopsis. Just grab my tea or hot chocolate, download the book, and start reading.  And, oh yeah, fall in love with the story. That’s a given.     Forbidden Dance, the first book in Deanna Roy’s new Lover’s […]

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Cheater

Cheater

There aren’t many authors I have on pre-order. In fact, I can count them on one hand. But Rachel Van Dyken is one of them. And Cheater, her newest release and the first book in the Curious Liaison’s series, is a perfect example of why.   Okay, I should start by saying I hated Lucas Thorn. I mean, we know from the title of the book what kind of guy he is, right? Then we flip it over (which, admittedly, I didn’t do until after I’d purchased the book because I’m fearless that way) and our worst fears are not […]

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Feature Friday: Forbidden Dance

Feature Friday: Forbidden Dance

  Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to.   This week, my selection is…   Forbidden Dance   Expected publication: March 28th, 2017 by Casey Shay Press   Synopsis:   She was hidden from the world. Then he arrived. An emotional new novel from six-time USA Today bestselling author Deanna Roy   For four years, I’ve lived in almost total seclusion. Homeschooled, forbidden from social media, seeing no one other than the dancers at Dreamcatcher Academy, where I teach ballet to little girls in wheelchairs.   Then Blitz […]

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The Bachelor Auction

The Bachelor Auction

You just can’t go wrong with Rachel Van Dyken. I’ve read a few of her books. Unfortunately, not all of my reviews survived the migration from Blogger to WordPress, but that’s a different blog post. The point is, I’ve enjoyed all her books. And the Bachelor Auction was no exception.   First lines: He’s senile. Last night he asked if I believed in unicorns.   The Bachelor Auction is a modern day take on the Cinderella fairy tale. And while Van Dyken takes some liberties here and there, changing things a little to make the story work, it was very […]

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Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender, by Ally Blake, is the second book in the Cinderella Project Series. I read and reviewed the first book, Kiss Me Quick, which I enjoyed. I think, however, I enjoyed this title a little more. It had more of a Rom/Com feel to it, which I really liked.   On why Serafina wasn’t invested in finding “The One…”   Marcy joke that her ovaries were merely dormant. That one day they’d erupt and the explosion would be so astronomical it would block out the sun.   Serafina and Murdoch were interesting characters. I found them easy to […]

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New Release

New Release

  I’m so happy to share the news of a good friend’s (and author) new release! Check out the deets…   Parallel Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller Published by Evernight Teen on February 10th, 2017   Synopsis from Goodreads…   How does a cruise change your life? By sailing through the Bermuda Triangle. Carly Carmichael has one goal in life–to perform on Broadway. She refuses to have a Plan B because she’s never needed one–until now. When Carly’s parents send her on a cruise as a graduation present, she takes her best friend and their boyfriends along with her. Once […]

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Kiss Me Quick

Kiss Me Quick

Kiss Me Quick by Ally Blake is the first book in the Cinderella Project Series. It’s a fun, sweet, and super cute romance. But don’t let that fool you into thinking there isn’t substance behind the sweetness.     It was a quick read. I read it in one sitting—just a few hours. But while short, it wasn’t short on feels. I really enjoyed the characters, especially some of the septuagenarians on the second honeymoon cruise. I only wish I could have had more of the quirky, meddlesome matchmakers! Kane and JJ were great characters and easy to like and […]

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Cover Reveal!

Cover Reveal!

We all have those authors that we just love. You know the ones… you see a new release with their name on it and you grab it up without bothering to read the synopsis because you know it will be awesome. Well, for me, Deanna Roy is one of those authors. So I’m thrilled to share in her cover reveal for her new series… Lovers Dance   Forbidden Dance Deanna Roy (Lovers Dance, #1) Publication date: March 28th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance     Shy tender Livia has always been sheltered from the vulgar world of technology, television, […]

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Deception Island

Deception Island

What can I say about Brynn Kelly’s novel, Deception Island? Well, maybe: Holy Cow! No, that doesn’t cover it. It seriously Blew. Me. Away. I didn’t have any real expectations going into the novel, mainly because I’ve never read the author’s work before. I definitely didn’t expect to love the book as much as I did. I had trouble putting it down and cracked open an energy drink at one in the morning so I could stay awake and finish it.   The plot was unique and had several twists and turns throughout. Yes, I picked up on some clues […]

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Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart

Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart

Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart, by Tiffany Truitt, is a fun, sweet romance between Kennedy and Annabel. It was sometimes funny and emotional throughout.   First sentences: It Feels good out. The kind of cool that makes your skin tingle with anticipation. That odd in between place neither cold nor hot, comfortable, peaceful and exhilarating all at once. Something hard to define. Contradictory in its very nature.   The story is a take on second chances. Annabel and Kennedy started off as childhood friends. They were inseparable, each given the other what they needed at different times in their lives. […]

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No Falling Allowed

No Falling Allowed

I began reading No Falling Allowed by Melissa West late last night. As in: I-have-three-kids-on-summer-vacay-and-will-be-awake-before-the-sun-and-I-should-have-already-been-in-bed-and-fast-asleep late last night. But I was anxious to begin and promised to: Only read one chapter. Every reader’s famous last words.   Well, luckily for me I hadn’t charged my Kindle. I was 31% into the story when it died. I spent the next few minutes cursing it and complaining that the charger cord was too short to reach my side of the bed. Then, reluctantly, gave up and went to sleep. If my Kindle hadn’t died, I would have stayed up all night to […]

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The Ex Trials

The Ex Trials

A feel-good romance about forgiveness and second chances. If you are looking for an independent female protagonist, and a strong, swoony leading man, Casey and Cole of The Ex Trials by Heather Topham Wood will likely fit the bill.   There is a nice subplot in the story which gives it more meat. Although the secret Casey is keeping is easy to figure out, there’s enough tension to keep readers flipping through pages to get to the end.   As far as mechanics go, there were some issues, such as typos, wrong word usage, and awkward wording. And there were […]

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Waking Olivia

Waking Olivia

I’m going to be honest, I almost didn’t finish Waking Olivia. My first impression as I read the beginning few chapters was: the character calls the leading guy an asshole too many times (or dick or something similar). And I wasn’t able to understand why she thought he was such an ogre.   Thankfully, I’d read enough good buzz about the book that I kept reading. And it wasn’t too long after my initial thoughts of abandoning the book that I found myself finishing it. Because, somewhere along the line, the story sucked me in so completely, I forgot I […]

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The Billionaire’s Ballet

The Billionaire’s Ballet

I love it when I find an author who writes consistently good books. The type of author that, when given the chance to read/review their work, I don’t hesitate to say yes because I know it’ll be a book that will not only be written well, I’m almost guaranteed to enjoy it.   I know Deanna Roy from her Forever Series, which I read and reviewed. (Unfortunately, some of my reviews were lost in the shuffle when I switched from Blogger to WordPress, but you can still check out the few that survived the transition.) Even though I knew she […]

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Something More Than This

Something More Than This

Something more than this was a good read. It’s the first of Barbie Bohrman’s books I’ve had the opportunity to review. And I would read her work again.   The plot centers on Katy, Dylan, and Conner. But before you stop reading, there isn’t really a love triangle. At least, not the way I define them. Katy is confused when her old crush, Conner, comes home to visit. She has trouble relating how she felt about him in high school to how she feels about him now. Dylan is her best friend and boss. When Katy becomes jealous of one […]

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His Kind of Cowgirl

His Kind of Cowgirl

I’ve read a lot of Karen’s books, and I’ve enjoyed them. But one thing stood out to me as I read His Kind of Cowgirl. Her writing skills have improved dramatically since her first book. This is not to say that her writing skills were poor, they weren’t. On the contrary, they were very good. Which is why the marked difference surprised me. I wouldn’t have thought she COULD improve. She was an excellent author to begin with; she’s a superb one now.   I enjoyed His Kind of Cowgirl. I’m not really big on the western romance genre, but […]

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